15 Fictional (Influential) Characters

Over on Facebook, Dana Marie Bell posted a note about the 15 Fictional Characters that have influenced her and tagged me to do it next. I figured it was an interesting topic and thought I’d share my list here too.

Here were her instructions: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen fictional characters (television, films, plays, books) who’ve influenced you and/or that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

  1. Aragorn (Lord of the Rings –the book version, not the movie version)
  2. Adam Hauptmann – Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series
  3. Morpheus (The Matrix)
  4. Trinity (The Matrix)
  5. Sarah Connor (The Terminator, Terminator 2)
  6. Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings – all three books)
  7. Ed Walters (Tim Robbin’s character in IQ)
  8. Faramir (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, LOTR: Return of the King — the book versions, not the movie version. Faramir’s character in the book is quite different from the movie so if you haven’t read The Two Towers, you’re missing out on a great character)
  9. Eomer (Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, LOTR: Return of the King — the book versions not the movie version)
  10. Bran Cornick – Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series, and Patricia Brigg’s Alpha & Omega series
  11. Erin Brown – Lauren Dane’s Laid Bare
  12. John Clark of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series but specifically from his own book, Without Remorse
  13. Butch (JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
  14. Horatio Hornblower (of the Horatio Hornblower series — in a strange twist from my usual stance of books being better than television, I really like how Ioan Gruffudd portrayed him in the television series over the character in the books)
  15. Jamie Fraser (Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series)

I have to admit I was tempted to play with the order of the characters but she did say the first fifteen I recalled, so I left them the way they were.   So tell me, what characters have stayed with you? (You don’t have to list all fifteen though.)

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Kristin Callender aka KCBooks on Twitter awarded me the “Honest Scrap” award on her blog yesterday.  As part of it I have to accept her challenge to tell “ten things you might not know about me.” 

Turned out that was tougher than I thought. Because I’m pretty much an open book. For instance, the first thing I was going to say was “I am verbose” but most of you already know this to be true so that doesn’t qualify under the ‘things you don’t know about me’ category, does it?

So, here goes:

1.    I love having a pen name because I having trouble saying my real life name.  Seriously.  When I was little I had to have speech therapy because there were certain letters and combinations that I just Could. Not. Say.  Even now, my first name is nearly impossible for me to say without me having to completely stop and focus on exactly where my tongue is in relationship to my teeth, or the roof of my mouth. While most people wouldn’t notice, some of those letters, especially certain combinations, still give me trouble.  While I got rid of my troublesome maiden name (1 bad letter twice plus a problem three letter combination midway through), my husband’s surname wasn’t much better because it has one of the problem letters at the start that when said in combination with my first name, stops me completely. (See, there’s the verbosity coming out again.)

2.    I’m pretty darned handy when it comes to putting up drywall and building stuff around the house. I built the office in my last house—put up a drop ceiling, put up the walls, laid carpeting, built a floor to ceiling cabinet unit pretty much by myself.

3.    While I’m a damned good speller (or I used to be, anyway) I cannot do math for the life of me. In grade 8, my math teacher made up a little saying about each student at the end of the year. Bear in mind, I was a straight A student, but even she said “when it comes to finding X, Leah can’t figure out why.”

4.    My first TV crush was on Pavel Chekov (played by Walter Koenig) from the original Star Trek. In its first run. Before it was referred to as “The Original Series.” In the 60s. And yes, in black and white.  Oh, and I was 7, by the way. I started crushing young, what can I say. (My second TV crush? Little Joe–aka Michael Landon–from Bonanza. He’s probably the reason why I still love me a good cowboy story.)

5.    My dad’s nickname for me when I was little was Pickle. I have no idea why, but probably because I was always getting myself into pickles. (As in trouble, not the food.)

6.    Back in the late ‘70s, while Gizmo Guy was driving me home after a date, Gizmo Guy and I saw a UFO. Hundreds of other reports flooded in that night from other people who also saw something strange in the sky. It was not the stereotypical saucer-shaped spaceship, this one was more cigar-shaped, but we both saw it, as did the occupants in the car in front of us.

7.    I swear in real life as much as my characters do in my books. Gizmo Guy rarely swears—he has the good manners I’ve lost over the years. All right, so maybe this is something those around me know already but, there you go.

8.    I envy people who can wear rings on multiple fingers. I love rings. I’d love to wear a ton of them. But I have short stubby (all right, FAT) fingers that do not look good with rings.

9.    I own more than a dozen decorative scarves that I’ll never wear. Silky scarves, shiny ones, glittery ones—the type that are meant to be looped around your neck with your favourite sweater or blouse as an accessory. But, like my fingers, I’ve got a short fat neck, and I don’t look good wearing them. *sigh*

10.    I have a black thumb. Give me a plant and I’ll kill it. I’ll overwater it. Or forget to water it. Within a very short period of time, any plant I have will start turning yellow or dropping leaves (or both.) and usually within a month, it’s dead.  My ideal room would include lots of greenery—ivies, African violets, plants that trail, plants that flower, plants that don’t flower, it doesn’t matter to me as long as it’s green and alive. Same goes for my garden outside. I’d love to have clumps of daisies and brown-eyed susans and irises and roses and … and … oh, anything that’s colourful and pretty. Instead I have … dirt. Yup. black thumb I tell you, and it’s not from digging in said dirt. I just have no luck/patience/clue when it comes to caring for plants. 

So that’s who said that!

If you notice the time this is posted and you think “Hey, she must have written this the day before,” nope. I really am up at 3:30 AM. Curly had to be up at his school for 0215 as the band members gathered for their trip to Florida. That’s right, 2 A.M. on a Friday the 13th.

It was frickin’ cold out there today waiting for the teacher to open up the school so some of the kids could get their instruments, and then we had to wait for the bus to arrive, load up and leave. But now Curly is headed into Toronto’s Pearson Airport and from there to Disneyworld. (It’s rather silly that you’re supposed to be there two to three hours ahead of your flight to clear customs, but the airport doesn’t open until a half hour before your flight. Sort of one of your classic “Hurry up and Wait” moments.)

So if you happen to be visiting Disneyworld in the next few days and you pass by a band playing in one of the various venues on Main Street or the MGM studios lot, it may be Curly and his school band serenading you.

(The pictures show what Curly looked like the last time he visited Disneyworld. He’s the littlest one. I love the picture of him in that Simba hat. I told him if he could find one to buy another one. Although I still have that one tucked in a box under my bed, but it’s well worn and well loved.)

Anyway, the cold completely woke me up so I’ve spent the last hour working on my edits for Personal Protection. I FINALLY figured out an ending that should answer Angela’s concerns. Now I have to add one more scene and then I should be done. Until the next level of edits, anyway.

Don’t forget to check out the Samhellion Valentine’s Swag hunt which goes until the 15th. As I posted yesterday, there’s a chance to win one of 12 Samhain eBooks. Also, don’t forget to check out my blog over on the Samhain main blog site tomorrow morning and see how many romantic movie quotes you recognize.

Now for Wednesday’s movie meme answers …and I have to say you guys did really good, but Amy’s the winner for movie quote trivia.

1. Some woman is gonna want me to do it to her and I’m not gonna know what it is! = Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle

15. Are you going to bring me that martini, or do I have to suck it out of the glass from here? = Joanne Whalley in The Man Who Knew Too Little

17. In a few minutes I would be free or dead…or Rodolfo Lasparri of Palermo, Sicily! = Matthew Broderick in The Freshman (which was filmed in Toronto, by the way)

21. And, fortunately, when there aren’t any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. = Emma Thompson in Stranger Than Fiction

23. It is no more crazy than a dog finding a rainbow. = Liev Schrieber explaining how he found a way to time travel in Kate and Leopold

25. The question isn’t “what are we going to do,” the question is “what aren’t we going to do?” = Matthew Broderick from Ferris Bueller

Are you kicking yourself yet?